V-Day is a movement that has worked for decades in war zones in places like Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. We have been invited into regions that are typically ignored and made invisible to the western world, and – together with our sisters and survivors on the ground – have seen firsthand what war does to women and women’s bodies, what it does to men, what it does to communities regardless of race, religion or geography, and what it does to our collective humanity.
We know how rape and sexual assault is used as a weapon of war and we have always unequivocally condemned it wherever it has happened, whenever it has happened. And we do so now.
We want a feminism that will liberate Palestinian and Israeli women, a feminism with integrity, that is inclusive and committed to solidarity. A feminism that condemns racism, sexism, colonialism, war, occupation, apartheid, genocide, land theft, rape and sexual assault, ethnic cleansing, collective punishment, starvation, and the use of bombing and deadly agents such as white phosphorus.
As a movement that has been committed to these values, we will continue to remain steadfast in serving and supporting women and gender expansive people everywhere — especially those without platforms, resources, and access to media and power.
Join us in demanding a permanent ceasefire and a durable peace, one rooted in dignity, freedom and justice for all. This is the surest and most lasting way to protect the bodies and lives of all Israeli and Palestinian women – now and for future generations.
Signatories (December 6, 2023)
V-DAY AND ONE BILLION RISING (OBR) GLOBAL ACTIVISTS:
Abha Bhaiya (OBR India) – Jagori Rural Trust
Aja Monet (USA) – Voices/ V-Day
Alia Lahlou (Morocco/ USA) – Facilitator/ Activist
Alice Kachere (OBR Malawi)
Alixa García (Colombia/ USA) – Artist/Facilitator
Aminatou Saher (OBR Cameroon) – Muslim Women’s Association
Ana Dana Beros (Croatia) – Women to Women/ Architect
Ana Marija Soco (Croatia) – Status M
Andrés Naime (OBR Mexico)
Aprilija Luzar (Slovenia) – Taxi Art/ Artist
Armande Blakime (OBR Togo)
Bagcinile Hlatshwako (OBR Eswatini) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
Bayan Shbib (Palestine) – V-Day artist
Dr. Sc Biljana Kasic (Croatia) – Center for Women’s Studies/ feminist and peace activist
Dr. Sc Branka Galic (Croatia) – University of Philosophy
Branka Stipic (Croatia) – Journalist
Cecilia Brenda (OBR Kenya)
Chikako Hama (OBR Japan)
Christine Schuler Deschryver (OBR Democratic Republic of Congo/ V-Day Congo) – City of Joy
Colani Hlatjwako (OBR Eswatini/ OBR Africa) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
Danijela Dugandzic (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) – Association for Culture and Art CRVENA/ Artist
Dolores Balladaes (OBR Hong Kong) – United Filipinos in Hong Kong
Elem Pss (OBR Brazil) – Instituto Favela Da Paz
Igballe Rogova (Kosovo) – Kosovo Women’s Network
Iliriana Loxa Basha (Albania) – Bash Art
Isata Mahoi (OBR Sierra Leone)
Joms Salvador (OBR Philippines) – Gabriela National Alliance of Grassroots Women’s Organizations Philippines
Kakay Tolentino (OBR Philippines) – BAI Indigenous Women’s Network
Kamala Vasuki (OBR Sri Lanka) – Samarhai Feminists Collective
Khosi Mkhabela (OBR Eswatini) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
Khushi Kabir (OBR Bangladesh) – Sangat
Lepa Mladenovic (Serbia) – Peace activist
Libakiso Matlho (OBR Lesotho)
Lucinda Evans (OBR South Africa) – Philisa Abafazi Bethu Women Centre
Luisa Rizzitelli (OBR Italy) – Assist Italia Women Athletes Association/ Rebel Network
Magda Zenon (Cyprus) – Peace activist
Magdalena Kozaric (Croatia) – Activist
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal (V-Day India) – Artist
Maja Mamula (Croatia) – Zenska Soba/ Women’s Room
Margherita Santicchia (OBR Italy)
Marissa Begonia (OBR United Kingdom) – The Voice of Domestic Workers UK
Massaran Traore (OBR Mali) – Alliance pour la Recherche et le Developpement Integre (ARDI)
Matcha Phorn-in (OBR Thailand) – Sangsan
Maureen Samulela Tresha (OBR Zambia)
Monique Wilson (Philippines) – V-Day/ OBR
Nadia Saah (US/ Palestine) – Project48
Naw Eunice (OBR Myanmar)
Nicoletta Billi (OBR Italy)
Nyasha Sengayi (OBR Zimbabwe)
Obeth Montes (OBR Philippines) – Gabriela National Alliance of Grassroots Women’s Organizations Philippine)
Ochgerel Tsedenbal (OBR Mongolia) – Beautiful Hearts Against Sexual Violence Mongolia
Omodele Ibitoye Ejeh (OBR Nigeria)
Philisiwe Matsebula (OBR Eswatini) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
Purva Panday Cullman (USA) – V-Day
Queen Mosarwe (OBR Botswana)
Rada Boric (OBR Croatia/ OBR Europe)
Rela Mazali (Israel) – Gun Free Kitchen Tables
Rita Aboghe (OBR Gabon)
Roshika Deo (OBR Fiji/ OBR Pacific)
Sangeeta Nambiar (OBR Singapore)
Sanja Bachrach (Croatia) – Designer
Sharon Cabusao (OBR Philippines) – Lila Pilipina Comfort Women
Sheila Tebia (OBR Hong Kong) – Gabriela HK
Sitakele Maseko (OBR Eswatini) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
Suad Amiry (Palestine) – Writer
Susan Celia Swan (USA) – V-Day
Prof. Emer Svenka Savic (Serbia) – University of Philosophy/ Women’s Studies and Research
Tanya Anastasiadis (OBR United Kingdom)
Tatjana Nikolic (OBR Serbia) – Center for Girls
Thea Tadiar (OBR/ V-Day Philippines) – Artist
Triana Kurnia Wardani (OBR Indonesia) – Seruni National Grassroots Women’s Association Indonesia
V (formerly Eve Ensler) (USA) – V-Day
Vesna Jankovic (Croatia) – Peace activist
Vesna Terselic (Croatia) – Documenta/ Peace activist
Vickenzie Ofei (OBR Ghana)
Zillah Eisenstein (USA) – Writer, Activist, Professor
Zodwa Zungela (OBR Eswatini) – Journey of Hope for Girls and Women in Eswatini
For over 25 years, V-Day’s work to end violence against women, gender expansive people, and girls has been situated at the intersection of ending war, racism, colonialism, imperialism, occupation, and climate injustice.
Over our decades of work, we have stood in solidarity with women suffering the consequences of war in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Iraq, Sudan, and Haiti.
We know that war has a particularly deadly and disproportionate impact on women and children.
We believe in a feminism that liberates all people from racist, capitalist, patriarchal terror. War is a tool of patriarchal violence and doesn’t solely dehumanize women but also men.
Because our mission is to end violence against all women and girls, we are demanding immediate attention and action for women and children – and all people – suffering in Gaza today.
Here are the facts:
-7,533 women and children have been killed
-788,800 women and girls have been displaced from their homes
-2,056 women have become widows, and new heads of households, following their male partner’s death
-50,000 women in Gaza are pregnant, with 5,522 expected to deliver in the next month
-Women are being forced to have C sections without anesthesia
-Premature babies are at a serious risk of losing their lives without electricity for their incubators, some have already died
-10 women are giving birth each day without clean water or electricity
-50,000 new mothers in Gaza unable to breastfeed with ease due to dehydration and lack of drinking water
And the list goes on…
Sources: UN Women, Care International, Al Jazeera, NPR, ActionAid International
We call for an end to the bombardment of Gaza. We call for the safe return of all hostages. We call on women of the world to stand with your sisters in Gaza and demand a ceasefire and humanitarian aid now!
Since 2000, in partnership with Palestinian and Israeli women peace activists, and after numerous trips to the region, V-Day has been advocating with Palestinian women to achieve their political, social, and economic rights.
As a movement working to END VIOLENCE against women, girls, gender expansive people and the Earth, we oppose violence committed by ANYONE.
We do not believe violence is the solution in Israel or Palestine or ANYWHERE.
For violence to end, to preserve lives, we must return to the historical roots of oppression. The violence of decades of occupation, of apartheid, of dispossession. The violence of the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people to be free – the freedom to move, learn, dream, travel, play, thrive, hope, aspire, live. Equally, and with dignity and peace.
Like many groups and individuals around the world who believe in human rights, we are trying to make sense of what we are being called to do. How do we stay committed and strong in resisting systems of profound oppression and injustice while also creating and rising towards something different and new – where violence is not the revolving paradigm. How do we reckon with history and truth – not bury it – while centering the humanization of all in the change we want to create. How do we contribute towards a just and lasting peace?
What we do know is that today – as bombs fall and lifelines like water, electricity, medical aid and food have been cut off in Gaza, with 1.1 million people being asked to flee but with nowhere to go because of the blockade, and thousands of civilians already displaced and killed, including and particularly women and children – we are witnessing a genocide. And we cannot be complicit.
V-Day and One Billion Rising call for an end to the war on Gaza.
We call to STOP ALL KILLINGS.
We call for an end to the complicity of governments who back this war – the US, UK, EU countries and others – and hold them to account for their damaging support. No to the weaponization of trauma.
We call for humanitarian aid into Gaza.
We call for the international media to fulfill their ethical mandate to do honest, unbiased, verified, balanced, historically contextualized reporting – without distortions.
We call for an end to the occupation.
RISE FOR FREEDOM MEANS RISING FOR PEACE, FOR A VIOLENCE-FREE WORLD FOR ALL. IT MEANS LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND.
Together with allies working on issues in the region, V-Day has compiled a list of actions/organizations you can URGENTLY support:
List in formation.